The price of marihuana in Victoria and other states has tumbled to its lowest level in many years as a result of the sale of synthetic cannabinoid smoking mixes in tobacconists and adult shops.
There are also reports from Darwin that the production of pills on the blackmarket has significantly decreased since the widespread sale of Kronic and K2 through the legal marketplace.
Ambulance drivers in the ACT are reporting that drug overdoses have significantly decreased in the last 12 months due to the legal availability of synthetic cannabinoid substances.
Reports from far north Queensland suggest that many elderly people are purchasing the drugs for pain relief.
These reports are being logged on a daily basis now with the Eros Association since talk of banning these substances has appeared in the media.
Eros CEO, Fiona Patten said that government bans on these substances are being taken without any research on drug overdose rates, prices of drugs on the black market and the reduction of illegal drugs in the country over the past 12 months. “Governments are rushing to ban these drugs to show that they are ‘tough on drugs’ when really the legal availability of them is offering governments the best opportunity in decades to reduce illegal drug use”, she said. “The federal health minister must step in now and demand to get the statistics and the hard facts on the effects of the sale of cannabinoid derivative drugs on the drug market and drug users before Victoria, NSW and Tasmania introduce jail sentences for possession of this material”.
Ms Patten said that New Zealand’s legalisation of these products was saving lives and public money and was enlightened legislation whereas WA and other Australian states were trying to implement 1950s prohibition on drugs that could herald the end of illegal drug use.
“The use of all recreational drugs in Australia has been increasing up until now with the exception of tobacco”, she said. “This is because tobacco is legal and the government can control it through price, packaging, retail outlets and most importantly, public health campaigns. Analogue drugs can be controlled by governments only if they are kept legal.”